CounterPunch: Big Expense, Bad Policy, Bad Ethics: U.S. Military Bases Abroad

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counterpunch squareBad Policy, Bad Ethics: U.S. Military Bases Abroad

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Military spending now accounts for 54% of discretionary spending in the entire federal budget ($599 billion of $1.1 trillion). Vine calculates that overseas bases account for anywhere between $71 – $120 billion of military spending. That is to say, bases abroad cost as much as four times the amount spent on Social Security, Unemployment & Labor ($29 billion); nearly twice as much as Housing and Community ($63 billion); four times as much as Science ($30 billion); and 1.7 times as much as Education ($70 billion).